By now you’ve heard that Maya Angelou has sadly passed away at the age of 86—but not without leaving an incredible legacy behind her. Many of her celeb friends and fans have taken to Twitter to express their grief, from fellow authors and politicians, to journalists, athletes & reality stars alike. See what they have to say below:
“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” —Maya Angelou pic.twitter.com/oR11k7rwxk
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 28, 2014
Your words of wisdom will always be with us! You touched the lives of us all! #MayaAngelou 🙏🙏🙏
— La Toya Jackson (@latoyajackson) May 28, 2014
— Naomi Campbell (@NaomiCampbell) May 28, 2014
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) May 28, 2014
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) May 28, 2014
“When people show you who they are, believe them.” — Maya Angelou
— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) May 28, 2014
The world lost a life force today. R.I.P. Maya Angelou. #StillIRise
— Lee Radziwill (@LeeRadziwill) May 28, 2014
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) May 28, 2014
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 28, 2014
proud to have filmed MayaAngelou’s story for @themuseumoftolerance exhibit Finding Our Families Finding Ourselves.Brilliant,witty,graceful.
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) May 28, 2014
Dr. Maya Angelou will live on in all of us who called her a phenomenal woman, phenomenally.
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) May 28, 2014
Maya Angelou was one of kind in all the best of ways.. What a glorious life she will be so deeply… http://t.co/QRUrQDNTei
— Gayle King (@GayleKing) May 28, 2014
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude about it.” -Maya Angelou
— Diddy (@iamdiddy) May 28, 2014
i just learned of maya angelou’s death. she was one fantastic poet, one fantastic woman. she will be sadly missed
— Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) May 28, 2014
The Angels above better have their act together because Maya Angelou is on her way.. And baby those angel’s WILL be annunciating!! RIP
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) May 28, 2014
Saddened by the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou. Grateful for all she taught us with her words & spirit. Will never forget how she made me feel.
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) May 28, 2014
Thank you, Dr. Maya Angelou, for your wonderful words and wisdom. Rest in peace.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) May 28, 2014
Dr Maya Angelou…thank you for every single thing. Every single damn thing. RIP
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) May 28, 2014
#MayaAngelou has taken flight. Let her rise, but hold fast to her words We now have to learn to speak with clarity and beauty for ourselves.
— Alfre Woodard (@AlfreWoodard) May 28, 2014
I was thinking about her lately. GOD Bless the Soul of one if my heroes. Dr Maya Angelou
— COMMON (@common) May 28, 2014
But still, like air, she rises. Yes Ma’am. Rise. Rise. Rise. #MayaAngelou
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) May 28, 2014
Today the world lost one of it’s greatest gifts. I’m sending love to the friends and family of Maya Angelou.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 28, 2014
Saddened by the news of Maya Angelou’s passing. A brilliant woman who contributed so much to the world. Her light will be sorely missed.
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) May 28, 2014
One of my favorites quotes on my wall…RIP Maya Angelou. pic.twitter.com/AudYCKKQN5
— Marlo Hampton (@iheartMarlo) May 28, 2014
“Maya Angelou was the quintessential renaissance woman of the 20th century art and human rights movements.”… http://t.co/RJTj1jC3St
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) May 28, 2014
“We encounter many defeats, but we must never be defeated.” #MayaAngelou: Thank you for illuminating our world. RIP. Your light shines on.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 28, 2014
REST IN PEACE @MayaAngelou – She was a pioneer and her spirit will be missed.
— Caroline Manzo (@CarolineManzo) May 28, 2014
Amiri Baraka and Maya Angelou are Dancing Together Again in the floorboards of my heart… pic.twitter.com/oMPiewQJaM
— Isaiah Washington (@IWashington) May 28, 2014
REST IN PEACE @MayaAngelou God has taken back an angel. Let us remember her powerful words & live by them & continue her beautiful legacy.
— Carrie Ann Inaba (@carrieanninaba) May 28, 2014
— Tavis Smiley (@tavissmiley) May 28, 2014
— maria menounos (@mariamenounos) May 28, 2014
RIP Maya Angelou, a national treasure.
— Sway Calloway (@RealSway) May 28, 2014
“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go thru life w/ a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” -Maya Angelou
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) May 28, 2014
May Maya Angelou Rest in peace, a truly beautiful soul inside and out. pic.twitter.com/m3uOlKSwfP
— Ramona Singer (@ramonasinger) May 28, 2014
Maya Angelou has passed away. She was a great light in the world. I feel honored to live in a world she influenced and touched so deeply.
— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) May 28, 2014
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” RIP #MayaAngelou
— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) May 28, 2014
And now we have a Queen Angel, rest Maya Angelou, thank you for your many gifts…
— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) May 28, 2014
Another Brick from our foundation has left the building but Not our Hearts. Ms. “Maya Angelou” Dead at 86. Words… http://t.co/lCX6iW7GtK
— Bootsy Collins (@Bootsy_Collins) May 28, 2014
We will miss you, beautiful Maya. Thank you for always shining your light. RIP #mayaangelou
— catt sadler (@IAmCattSadler) May 28, 2014
Maya Angelou…I am so grateful that you shared your honesty, your talent, and your craft with the world. We have been made better for it.
— Jessica Capshaw (@JessicaCapshaw) May 28, 2014
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – RIP Maya Angelou
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) May 28, 2014
RIP Maya Angelou. RT @DrMayaAngelou: Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.
— Dulé Hill (@DuleHill) May 28, 2014
— Jamie Chung (@jamiechung1) May 28, 2014
Rest in peace, Dr. Maya Angelou. The world is better because of your voice.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) May 28, 2014
To Dr. Maya Angelou…thank you. For everything. #PhenomenalWoman
— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) May 28, 2014
RIP Maya Angelou. A great woman.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 28, 2014
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou.
— Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) May 28, 2014
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” RIP Maya Angelou
— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) May 28, 2014
RIP to one of the greatest women this world has ever known. Thank you Maya Angelou for all of the gifts and knowledge you gave us…
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) May 28, 2014
Sending my condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Maya Angelou!. #RIPMaya
— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) May 28, 2014